El Vez
El Vez

El Vez

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elvezrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 928-9800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: David LaForce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.
A word from El Vez
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
El Vez reviews from OpenTable diners
322 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (201)good for groups (178)vibrant bar scene (166)fit for foodies (163)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (92)great for lunch (81)great for outdoor dining (62)late-night find (59)romantic (34)great for brunch (29)kid-friendly (21)scenic view (9)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • LOVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Favorite restaurant. Food is great and so are the margaritas! Gets a little crowded so be sure to make reservations WAY in advance, especially if you're going on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    GMen
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great food great drinks the waiter was patient waiting for the rest of our group to arrive. Just fun and vibrant place to meet with friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    MikeW
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Took daughter here for her birthday. It was very busy and vibrant for a Thursday night. Food was good as were the drinks. Service was excellent. I recommend reservations if you want to sit at a table for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    Tarheel
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Reservations are a MUST! We were seated right away, ordered Perfecto Margaritas and EL VEZ original guacamole..both were excellent...I had tortilla soup and grilled beef tacos. My friend ordered carne asada...it was all perfectly prepared. Our server was great! My friend forgot her reading glasses and our server brought her a pair to use....checked on us and made sure we had everything we needed...it was noisy but not so much that we couldn't talk...I'll definitely go back the next time I am in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, hip Mexican spot
    RatherbesomewhereelseVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We enjoyed the lively environment amongst this attractive crowd. Delicious guacamole and amazing nachos! Tacos for two are more like tacos for three and were very tasty. The Mexican chopped salad was a little boring but the drinks were tasty. And the photo booth is fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip Mexican spot
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great spot. Good authentic Mexican food in a hip setting. Guacamole was outstanding as were the sea bass tacos. Service was great up until the amin course after which he kind of forgot about us. Good place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best in Philly
    MikeSchler
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    fantastic location, awesome food and service. Always again
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Adubbs
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have been to El Vez and love the guacamole and margaritas. We decided to try it for brunch and we loved it! Everything was delicious! We had blood orange mimosas. Also, the full menu is available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Happyeating
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I am a big Stephen Starr fan, so I was very excited to try El Vez. When we arrived, I was even more excited: the restaurant decor and ambiance is bright, colorful, festive and comfortable. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to Starr's other places. A chorizo omelet was small, dry, and the chorizo crumbles were tasteless and kept rolling out of the omelet and off the fork. The accompanying deep fried potatoes were greasy, although they may have tasted better if I had come in with a hangover. The shrimp enchiladas were tasty, but the verde sauce was the consistency of thick, grainy paste. Manchego queso and salsa merely average. I had hoped for more from Mr. Starr.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food & drinks!
    Kenny
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was visiting Philly for the first time and El Vez was recommended by a friend. GREAT mexican food! Reasonable pricing and the margaritas were fabulous! Photo booth is also a great idea and loved having the option to take pictures there! Definitely make a reservation - the wasit was 2+ hours for people who hadn't.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We enjoyed everything from drinks to dinner! Everything was delicious and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    experience
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great dinner. Food was excellent as was service
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Grana14VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    So delicious! Everything here is so well prepared and fresh, from apps to entrees and desserts. The service is fantastic! I would say make sure you get nachos, Guac,any of the tacos, grilled corn and churros yummm.. The restaurant itself is very vibrant and colorful and always busy so make reservations early! We will be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vicky
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Not a good place to bring your kids. We went there for dinner and unfortunately I made the wrong choice. The food are horrible. The only good side of was the drinks. They make it really strong so that you won't complain that much.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise was off the charts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    While the food was interesting, nicely presented and flavorful, we felt the one detractor was the extreme noise level which greatly detracted from the overall amiable. Still, worth the effort to finally get a reservation after numerous attempts.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Margaritas
    SamiVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The tacos were fabulous, the beef and shrimp were the best. I don't even like shrimp. The margaritas are great and the ambiance is fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service
    Allison
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My server (the check said his name was Dunn) did an excellent job of serving our table; although he was very busy and constantly on the move, he was fun and high-energy with a great attitude. This was my first time at El Vez and I thought the food was delicious. You make a good mojito, too. Thanks for everything!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Not our first time to El Vez, however first Sunday Morning; we arrived at 11:45. Early for our reservation, we were sat right away and greeted shortly after. Tyler was thorough, timely, well versed with the menu and drinks. Our meals were delicious and the guacamole with the goat cheese and pistachios was amazeballs. Bonus for us-we had a gift card. Try the drink with the cranberry infused bourbon. I could have had about ten of them. So good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great service and food, would recommend. Went out of their way to accommodate our group, which had last minute add ons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch option
    Acebaby
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Casual restaurant with good food, good service and comfortable ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I loved it !!! I came for my birthday and was impressed with everything. The food was phenomenal especially the guacamole. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable & delicious
    JoetVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Had another very good meal prior to the theater. Service was very good and food was very tasty and ample. Particularly enjoyed the mahi-mahi taco from the sampler which I recommend. Nachos were very good as was the guacamole. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, below average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have gone to El Vez many, many times and this was the first time the service was less than adequate. Side dishes didn't come out until we had to ask for them, which was more than halfway through our meal. She constantly was rushing us, even when she handed us the dessert menus. As soon as she handed them to us, she asked if we wanted anything. I was frustrated at this point and rudely said we needed time to actually look at the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Vez Always A Pleasure Dinning
    Dena1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What more can I say; I love this place, Food, Drinks, and venue as a whole is always above board, exceeding expectations, truly my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a quick work lunch
    joeytoeyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    nice affordable lunch menu with some key favorites like the guacamole options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food, the service and envirotment is just perfect. I hope they don't change the seasoning.. I love it. My family talk all the time about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab guac beats controlled chaos
    Londonite
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The delicious tacos and crab guacamole won us over, despite being greeted by a din of noise from the bar and enormous restaurant, upon entering. We were three friends looking to catch up, so it was a lovely surprise to discover the acoustics allow for quiet conversation once we were seated in a booth near the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mlmom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very good mexican food. Love the guacamole with goat cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot!
    Jafipp
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always packed, great margaritas and food! Sort of hard to sit at tables by bar with people standing to get drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Jennycece
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of my favorite places! Liz is the best server we always ask for her when we go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    DougW
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Every time I go to Philadelphia I go to eat here. The staff is awesome and always so friendly. The drinks and food are unmatched by many places in the city. I would highly recommend this place for lunch, dinner, or just drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MARYANNEVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    El Vez never disappoints.. we went on a Monday night. and the food and service (our waiter Nick) is just as wonderful and consistent as always. I can't thank you enough for making our friend Mike's birthday so wonderful! He is now one of your biggest fans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place ever
    MaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I absolutely love this place! The food is great and it never fails to deliver. Don't pass this place up! Their guacamole is tasty and the dishes are out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xperince
    Lucydines
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food good atmosphere good but would like to have a different waitress she just didn't have enough enthusiasm seemed liked she would rather be somewhere else maybe she was having a bad day but a different server would have made th experience better
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    Amazing
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I can not find one flaw in the food or service; both were beyond amazing! It was a little loud (no fault of the restaurant) but not too loud that you couldn't talk comfortably without yelling. I would definitely reccomend and go back myself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    jaxdad78
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From the friendly service to the awesome food, this place is always a winner. Every drink and dish looks like a piece of art and tastes even better than it looks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Pasoccermom
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    had a late lunch with my hubby on our 20th wedding anniversary! I had the crispy mahi tacos and they were excellent! The blood orange margarita was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tons of fun at El Vez
    Chef4life
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've dined here twice in the last month. Once with a group of friends and another on a first date. El Vez was totally fit for both of these ocassions. It's fun, casual, great (not mind blowing) service, food is great and consistent, and the decor and ambience bright and vibrant. My friends were a bit skeptical, when it came to me bringing a first date here, only because I'm a foodie (huge foodie) but it was perfect! We had a pitcher of the Perfecto Margarita which was a little bitter (I'm a bit of a margarita snob) but still got the party started. I would recommend the frozen blood orange. We then ordered the Macho Nachos, sea bass ceviche, grilled corn on the cob, plaintains, and the mahi tacos. All of which were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    food4life
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was very good, very nice. I really enjoyed my time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    Pianoman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a great time for a family celebration. The ambience is upbeat and energetic. You feel like you're somewhere special as soon as you get to the front door. This place has the best fish tacos anywhere. The entrees are fine, but definitely get some tacos, and did I mention the guacamole?! Holy guacamole, their guac is the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic